I have a weak spot for books that have beautiful images of textile art and techniques. I saw this at the 2010 Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival and I HAD to have it. Then soon afterwards, I received a second copy of it in the mail from my Dad as a birthday present. So I have two glorious copies, one that I can photocopy and scan for mood boards, and the other with a perfectly intact binding that I can showcase.
This book was written and compiled by two sisters who wanted to showcase the wonderful talents of textile artisans within the pages of one book. Quarry Books has put out many 1,000 series books, but this one just leaves me just excited and reaching for my sketchbook. It is divided into five sections: Wearable Art & Couture, Fashion Accessories, Soft Furnishings & Vessels, Tapestries & Display Art, and Art Quilts.
There are many well known artists, like Lisa Klakulak (of STRONGFELT) and Ann Morton, mixed in with people who just have a passion for making textile art. Many of the works are felted, but there are lots of fine examples of weaving, quilting, embroidery, surface design and many other techniques. This book is great because it doesn’t just focus on specific examples of each technique, it displays works that combine many of these techniques into one piece. The texture created on the page just makes me want to run my fingers over it and feel what is being shown.
The pages are arranged in color moods- so there are purples on one spread and the next could be blues or browns. The layout is just incredibly seamless which makes it such a joy to look through!
I LOVE this book. The only thing that would make it easier would be if everything about that image was listed with the image. All the work information is in an Artist Index in the back which explains the materials and the techniques used.
At the end of this blog post I have links to a few of my favorite artists that were exhibited in this book. I highly recommend that you get this book for your library. Even if you aren’t a textile artist yourself, but you appreciate things that are handmade- this book is definitely for you!
Do you own this book? What are your thoughts on it? Did you find any unexpected inspiration from it? Let me know!
Lisa Klakulak of STRONGFELT – strongfelt.com
Ann Morton – annmortanaz.com
Linda Veilleux of Innovative Fashions – lindaveilleux.com
Torill Hausgaver Wilberg – torill.no
Erika Sojkova Grime – her google page